But several attorneys general say that they still find hundreds of for sexual services there each day and that Craigslist should do more.
Henry McMaster said in an interview. Patrick Lynch said they agreed to meet again this week.
Law enforcement officials have often complained about the ease with which prostitutes and their clients can arrange encounters on Craigslist. But officials have stepped up their criticism since the slaying of masseuse Julissa Brisman, whose body was found April 14 in a Boston hotel.
Police say the killer found her through a Craigslist ad. Boston University medical student Philip Markoff, 23, is accused of bludgeoning Brisman with a gun and then shooting her.
Rhode Island authorities filed additional charges last week, saying he robbed a stripper at a Warwick, R. He was arrested the following week as he drove to a local casino with his fiancee. Lynch urged Craigslist to shut down the section of its site where the majority of the suspected illicit activity originates.
Whether the owners of an online platform are themselves legally responsible for the conduct of their users has long been a contentious issue on the Internet, where the volume of new text, image and video content is so vast that monitoring every bit is all but impossible.
For that reason, federal courts have generally upheld a law that protects Internet intermediaries from criminal prosecution over the content of postings by their users, said Matt Zimmerman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco civil liberties group.
He noted that the protections were originally put in place to foster growth of the Internet and its various economies. Craigslist used a similar argument last week to defend itself in a civil suit filed against it in March by the sheriff of Cook County, Ill. It accuses the site of facilitating prostitution.
Craigslist says that since striking the deal with attorneys general in November, it has built a telephone and credit card verification system to keep track of sexual service and implemented a flagging system through which users can alert the site to objectionable listings. California was not part of the November agreement. Jerry Brown said in an interview that he supported the efforts of his colleagues.
Other attorneys general say the controls that Craigslist promised to implement have been unsatisfactory. Gen Lisa Madigan said.
In fact, Craigslist argued in meetings with attorneys general that its systems provided the kind of digital paper trail that can aid investigators. It makes sense that crime would take advantage of whatever technology is current.
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